To connect directly to a non-Plug and Play printer

To add and set up a non-Plug and Play printer connected directly to your computer, you must have Administrator privileges.


Connect the printer cable to the appropriate port on your computer according to the printer manufacturer's instructions.


Plug the power cord of the printer into a wall outlet and turn the printer on.


Open Printers and Faxes 


Under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer to open the Add Printer Wizard, and then click Next.


Click Local printer or stand-alone network printer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer check box, and then click Next.


Most computers use a parallel port (LPT1) to send information to a printer that's directly attached to the computer. So in the Use the following port list, click LPT1: (Recommended Printer Port), and then click Next. Some plotters, however, may connect to the computer through one of the serial (COM) ports. If that's the case for you, click one of the serial (COM) ports.


Follow the directions that appear.

When you are finished, the printer appears in Printers and Faxes. If you want to print a test page, first make sure your printer is turned on and ready to print.


To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, click Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Printers and Faxes

You can also add a printer by double-clicking Add Printer. This option is available only if folders are set to the Windows XP classic folder look, and if a printer is not currently selected.

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Connect a printer directly to your computer

Connect directly to a Plug and Play printer

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